Project Management Certificate

Project Management.

September 14 - November 30, 2020
12 Monday evenings
6-9 p.m.
146 Jacobs Management Center, North Campus
$1,450, includes all cost

With a Project Management certificate from the School of Management, you will learn to meet the challenges that face today's project managers and develop the competencies needed to successfully plan and manage projects. The program includes practical exercises in managing project attributes such as scope, time, cost, quality, human resources, communication, risk, and integration.

Course Objectives

By the completion of this program, you will be able to:

  • Generate project requirements and criteria for evaluating project success
  • Create a work breakdown structure with specifications
  • Design a project schedule with activities, durations and interdependencies
  • Delineate, assign and track project resources and associated costs
  • Identify and quantify project risk and develop mitigation strategies
  • Understand different contract types and their impact on a project
  • Identify, capture and analyze metrics used in controlling a project
  • Understand the leadership competencies of successful project managers
  • Understand how to build successful project teams or deal with issues affecting their performance
  • Apply project management tools to avoid some of the most common problems which plague today’s project managers

Who Should Attend

Professionals in project management who desire to become a PMI certified PMP credential holder. Project managers, program managers and project team members who are interested in gaining a better understanding of project management and methods for improving the quality of their environments. This program satisfies the 35 contact hours required to apply for the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam.

PMP Exam Preparation

This program satisfies the 35 contact hours required to apply for the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam. The content delivered is based on the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) and the Agile Practice Guide, the same content that is the foundation of the PMP exam. Although the PMP exam is changing on January 2, 2021, the foundation as listed above remains in effect. This course is a good option to gain exposure to concepts covered on the exam, some via sample questions used in class materials and assess your preparedness to take the exam. If you prefer a classroom setting and need more one-on-one interaction as you prepare to take the exam, this course will meet that objective and also provide you with the opportunity to network with other aspiring PMPs on the road to certification. Many of the participants form study groups with each other.


  • Project integration management
  • Project scope management
  • Project time management
  • Project cost management
  • Project human resource management
  • Project risk management
  • Project quality management
  • Project communications management
  • Project procurement management
  • Project stakeholder management
  • Final project management review

About the Instructor

Gary J. Pacer
Manager of Application Development
Enterprise Application Services
University at Buffalo

MBA, University at Buffalo
BS, University at Buffalo

Certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) - October 2001

Gary Pacer has more than 35 years of project experience as a manager of software development at the University of Buffalo. In that role, he is responsible for the management and direction of activities related to the design, development and implementation of application software for the University community. Over the course of his information technology career, he has managed projects of varying scopes and sizes including many at an enterprise level. This experience has fostered many of the “lessons learned” that are discussed as part of the program. He has also been on the ground floor of his area’s development of a Project Management Office and the roll-out of project management concepts and techniques. Most recently he is championing his department’s movement towards an agile project management methodology.

Pacer received both a BS and MBA from the University at Buffalo School of Management. He achieved the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Project Management Professional certification in 2001 and is currently a member of PMI.  He has been an instructor for the Project Management Certificate program since 2001.

Payment Options

$1,450 includes cost of all materials used for class

Payment can be made as follows:

Credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover)
Check made payable to UB Foundation Activities Inc. and mailed to:
Office of Professional and Executive Development
339 Jacobs Management Center
Buffalo, NY 14260

Refund Policy

Program registrations are fully refundable until the day prior to the start of the program.